Cerebral Palsy Information

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Cerebral Palsy Types

Newborn Symptoms

There are a number of signs and symptoms that can trigger suspicion that an infant may have cerebral palsy. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Lethargy, lack of alertness
  • Extreme fussiness
  • Trembling in the legs or arms
  • High-pitched cry
  • Periods where the infant will stop breathing
  • Slow heart rate
  • Difficulty eating, swallowing or sucking
  • Easily startled
  • Low muscle tone
  • Seizures

Seizures in infants are marked by rapid fluttering in the eyes, staring off for long periods of time, twitching of the body and changes in consciousness.

Signs During the First Six Months of Life

During the first six months of a baby's life, he or she may have periods where the body will feel very floppy and loose and change quickly to very stiff and tense. Other signs may include:

  • Tightening of the fists
  • One side of the body may appear to move more freely than the other
  • The infant will not be able to eat very well and will likely push the food out of his/her mouth rather than swallow it
  • Infant may roll over by arching the back rather than rolling with the trunk or body

After an infant reached six months of age, it will be easier to tell if he/she has brain damage. He or she will develop at a much slower rate than other children and may exhibit the following:

  • Difficulty sitting in the upright position
  • Arching of the back when rolling over
  • Using only one arm to reach out; off balance
  • Stand on the tip toes

Doctors will typically shy away from making a firm cerebral palsy diagnosis when a baby is so young. However, if you notice any unusual behaviors in your infant, you should take him/her to the doctor immediately.

Ask a Lawyer

If your infant has already been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you would like to exercise your legal rights, contact a cerebral palsy lawyer today. Call toll free (800) 646-6570 to find out how we can help you.

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